Hungry to shine
Sergei Kostitsyn (LW)
Making a strong case for himself as the steal of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft after being selected 200th overall, Sergei Kostitsyn has since been busy setting the OHL ablaze with the London Knights. The younger brother of Habs winger Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei followed up his 78-point rookie OHL campaign by exploding for 131 points and a team-high 91 assists in 2006-07. The speedy winger also represented his native Belarus on the international stage at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
David Fischer (D)
A forward-turned defenseman, David Fischer was chosen 20th overall by Montreal at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, to become the 10th blue-liner in club history to be a Canadiens top pick. The smooth-skating rearguard was named high school player of the year in the hockey-mad state of Minnesota prior to his selection by Montreal. In his freshman season with the University of Minnesota, the puck-moving defenseman helped lead the Golden Gophers to the WCHA conference title.
Mathieu Carle (D)
Looking to secure a potential blue line quarterback for the future, the Canadiens turned to their own backyard to draft Quebec native Mathieu Carle in the second round of the 2006 draft. Gifted with excellent vision and a good sense of anticipation on the ice, the defensive standout for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies finished sixth in the country among junior rearguards with 70 points in 63 games in
2006-07. He felt especially at home on the power play, where he scored nine of his 16 goals.
Ryan White (C)
A warrior in every sense of the word, Ryan White reached new heights with the Calgary Hitmen in 2006-07, netting 34 goals and 89 points in 72 games. Among the WHL scoring leaders all season long, the 66th overall pick at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft emerged as the heart and soul of the Hitmen, notching a team-high nine game-winning goals. Calgary managed only three wins in the 16 games where he was out of the lineup.
Ben Maxwell (C)
Ben Maxwell’s third season with the Kootenay Ice proved to be a breakout one. Before going down to injury in early January, the Canadiens’ second pick and 49th overall selection at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft was flirting with the league scoring title with 53 points in 39 games. A versatile player capable of being a force at both ends of the ice, Maxwell also notched four shorthanded goals in 2006-07
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.